Employee and Labor Relations Manager
Job Details
Administrative Offices (AO) - Largo, MD
Full-time @40 hours per week w/benefits
Bachelors or Masters
$72,046.25 Salary/year
Up to 50%
Employee & Labor Relations

The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has a great opportunity for a seasoned employee labor and relations professional. Reporting to the Director of Talent and Culture, the Employee and Labor Relations Manager will be responsible for overseeing employee and labor relations including collective bargaining negotiation and administration. You will serve as the Library’s spokesperson in meetings with union representatives to review and respond to cases involving claims, grievances and discipline appeals. 


 Essential Functions:

  1. Develop, maintain, and implement employee relations strategies with the Director of Talent and Culture.
  2. Support the Director of Talent and Culture on interpreting and applying applicable labor and employment laws, regulations, and standards at the federal and state level, in consultation with legal counsel.
  3. Serve as primary point of contact for Labor-Management Relations Committee (LMRC). Complete follow-up on LMRC issues with appropriate managers, staff and union representatives.
  4. Conduct grievance hearings, respond to grievances, and negotiate grievance settlements.
  5. Coordinate all aspects of labor contract negotiation and administration between union and management.
  6. Participate in negotiation and writing of memoranda of agreement with union.
  7. Collaborate with managers and supervisors in employee relations best practices and strategies for addressing problems and grievances through proper questioning and risk assessment and the application of HR knowledge, such as relevant policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreements and applicable law, to provide consultation that reduces risk and builds a positive work environment for all.
  8. Cultivate a strong partnership with the union at all levels.
  9. Prepare for and participate in arbitration hearings.
  10. Work closely with Race and Social Equity Team for continual development and evaluation of anti-discrimination practices.
  11. Work with the Staff Development Coordinator to develop and conduct training programs related to employee and labor relation policies, procedures, and the grievance process.
  12. Responsible for all bargaining unit related reporting.
  13. Responsible for ensuring compliance with any collective bargaining agreements in effect.
  14. Assist with special projects as required.
  15. Perform other duties as assigned.   
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience working with bargaining unit contracts, contract administration, interpretation, and negotiation.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local employment and benefit laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of employee and labor relations, collective bargaining, and employment laws, and skill in their application.
  • Knowledge of Human Resources best practices and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate relevant legal guidelines and correctly apply these principles to relevant facts of cases.
  • Ability to effectively establish trust and rapport and delivers challenging information effectively.
  • Ability to produce high volume and quality work within deadlines.
  • Solutions oriented approach.
  • Strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong communication skills across a variety of mediums.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion at all times.
  • Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with maintaining and manipulating data.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with other staff.
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems including hardware and software, such as Microsoft Office, Google apps, electronic databases, e-mail, and internet navigation in addition to other office equipment and security systems.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license.
Education and Experience:
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field; advanced degree (i.e., Master’s Degree in HR, Industrial Relations, Legal, Business, Communications, or JD) preferred.
  2. Three to five years of relevant experience in labor relations field, such as contract administration, grievance handling, and problem resolution.
  3. Experience with strategic, labor relationships in public library, public-sector, and/or a union environment is preferred.
  4. Professional certifications in employee and labor relations, human resources, employment law, etc., preferred.
  5. Bilingual in English and a second language a plus.
  6. An equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
 Additional Information:
  • To be considered for this opportunity, click on the below link or visit www.pgcmls.info and complete an online application.
  • Position open until filled.
  • Salary is competitive based on experience.
  • Candidate selected for hire will be eligible for telework two days per week after six month probationary period.